12 of the Best Free Guided Meditation Sites in 2020

A free guided meditation track a day, keeps the doctor away.

You’ve no doubt heard about some of the potential health benefits associated with meditation:

Reduced stress, better decision making, decreased blood pressure, improved mindfulness – it’s almost become an essential part of living a healthy lifestyle.

But why is forming the habit of sitting still for 10-20 minutes a day way easier said than done?

Like many of you out there, I’ve wrestled with meditation for many few years. Sometimes I go through phases where I’m on point, practising daily. Everything’s good, and I almost feel like a Jedi knight.

Other times, I struggle to be consistent, and whenever I do make the time to sit quietly, I just wanna be somewhere else.

Recently, in an attempt get myself back on track and make the pesky meditation habit stick again, I started playing around with guided meditation. Since starting, I’ve been on a roll, meditating daily without many hiccups.

It’s partly due to the massive amount of awesome free guided meditation resources I’ve stumbled across whilst delving through the depths of the internet. Today I thought I’d share my favourites, so you don’t have to search far and wide like I did.

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1. Do Yoga With Me

Do Yoga With Me Free Guided Meditation, Health Room

Number of tracks: 30

Meditation styles: Loving kindness, mindfulness, relaxation, sleep, healing, children.

Length: 9 to 60 min (average 20 min).

Download: Yes, paid.

Do Yoga With Me is one of my all-time favourite sites.

I’ve used it for quite a few years now, mainly for their collection of free yoga class videos (hip flexor heaven¬†is a personal favourite).

Along with yoga vids (check out some my¬†favourite stretching routines here), they also have a great library¬†of guided meditation tracks too. There’s a wide range of styles and high quality recordings for you to dive into. Namaste.

 

2. The Free Mindfulness Project

Do Yoga With Me Free Guided Meditation, Health Room

Number of tracks: 30

Meditation styles: Mindfulness, healing, gratitude, body scan, moving.

Length: 3 to 45 min (average 20 mins)

Download: Yes, download only (free)

Again, many different types of mindfulness meditation by various teachers. All tracks are free to download and distribute non-commercially, which is really cool.

One slight downfall is that it doesn’t seem to be possible to¬†listen to the meditation tracks online – you have to download them. It just makes previewing the audio slightly¬†more difficult, but it’s really not a big deal.¬†It’s still a solid¬†resource!

 

 

3. Chopra Centred Lifestyle

Chopra Centre Free Guided Meditation, Health Room

Number of tracks: 16

Meditation styles: Mindfulness, healing, gratitude, sleep.

Length: 5 to 60 min (average 15 min).

Download: Yep, free.

The Chopra centre is the brainchild of Deepak Chopra and David Simon, two MDs with the goal of improving the health and wellbeing of body, mind and spirit. Amongst other things, the site hosts a wide range of meditation styles with high quality audio.

 

4. UCLA Meditation

UCLA Free Guided Meditation, Health Room

Number of tracks: 8

Meditation styles: Loving kindness, mindfulness, sleep.

Length: 3 Р12 mins.

Download: Yes, free.

Simple and clear.

Most meditations tracks are pretty¬†short, but that’s ideal for beginners¬†who are just getting into¬†forming the meditation habit.

 

 

5. Fragrant Heart

Fragrant Heart Free Guided Meditation, Health Room

Number of tracks: 50

Meditation styles: Loving kindness, mindfulness, forgiveness, sleep, mantra, healing, children.

Length: 1 Р30 min (average 15 min).

Download: Yes, paid.

Fragrant Heart is one of my favourite free guided meditation sites, partly because of its cool name, but mainly because of the quality of the guided meditations. The tracks are separated into clear categories, with lots of different styles. Each meditation is available with or without background music too, which is a nice touch.

Some tracks are as short as a minute, which is great for beginners, and they also provide a free guided meditation course too.

(You might want to check out my interview with Elisabeth Blaikie, the founder of the site.)

 

6. Tara Brach

Tara Brach Free Guided Meditation, Health Room

Number of tracks: 100+

Meditation styles: Loving kindness, mindfulness, forgiveness, sleep.

Length: 10 Р40 min. (average 25 min).

Download: Yes, free.

Tara has a massive library of at least a hundred guided meditation tracks to keep you going, various styles, with a new one added each week.

The site is really user-friendly, and the tracks are all good quality too. No music, just a calming voice guiding you through.

Nice and simple.

 

 

7. Meditation Oasis

Meditation Oasis Free Guided Meditation, Health Room

Number of tracks: 50

Meditation styles: Mindfulness, relaxation, healing, loving kindness, sleep.

Length: 8 to 25 min (average 18 mins).

Download: Yes, free.

One of the most popular meditation podcast on iTunes right now.

It’s not updated all that regularly, but there’s still plenty of episodes in the catalogue to work your way through.

Again, there’s a wide variety of meditation styles available. The ‘healthy body’ meditation is a good one to work up to.

 

8. The Meditation Podcast

Meditation Podcast Free Guided Meditation, Health Room

Number of tracks: 28

Meditation styles: Mindfulness, relaxation, healing, grief, sleep.

Length: 8 to 25 min (average 20 mins)

Download: Yes, free

Another great podcast with lots of different meditation styles to choose from, and all are free to download.

Headphones are recommended when listening, because the tracks are layered over binaural beats, which affect your brainwaves and make you extra mindful.

 

9. Audio Dharma

Audio Dharma Free Guided Meditation, Health Room

Number of tracks: 40

Meditation styles: Mindfulness, relaxation, loving kindness, body scan.

Length: 5 to 50 min (average 20 mins)

Download: Yes, free

Audio Dharma is a massive resource, with around forty free guided meditations available from a variety of teachers, as well as a shed load of interesting talks and videos on mindfulness.

They also have a pretty good¬†podcast, if you’re a fan of¬†listening on the move.

Well worth checking out if you really want to dig into many different meditation styles, and take your mindfulness game to the next level.

 

10. Calm

Calm Free Guided Meditation, Health Room

Number of tracks: 5

Meditation styles: Mindfulness, calming.

Length: 5 to 20 min

Download: Yes (on mobile)

Calm.com is a bit different to the rest of the sites I’ve mentioned.

You can either choose the simple guided meditations (which range from 2 to 20 mins) or go solo and use the meditation timer. You also get to select your background noise from a range of natural environments.

Calm is available online, or as an app for your iPhone or Android device.

 

11. Headspace

Headspace Free Guided Meditation, Health Room

Number of tracks: 10 (100s in paid version)

Meditation styles: Mindfulness, relaxation, loving kindness, body scan, stress, anxiety, productivity, healing.

Length: 10 min (10 Р60 minutes in paid version)

Download: Yes

Developed by former buddhist monk Andy Puddicombe, and his business partner Rich Pierson, Headspace is the meditation app and website taking the mindfulness world by storm.

The ten day ‘Take Ten’ series is free to try out, but after that it’s a yearly subscription fee.

It’s definitely one of my favourite apps, and I can’t recommend it enough. I actually upgraded to the paid version, and I now use that every morning.

 

12. Dharma Seed

Dharma Seed Free Guided Meditation, Health Room

Number of tracks: 1000s

Meditation styles: Everything.

Length: 5 to 120 min

Download: Yes, free

I stumbled upon Dharma Seed after a comment from a reader a while back (thanks Gil).

It’s an incredible resource, with literally thousands free guided meditation tracks and talks from teachers from all around the world.

I’ve not delved too deep into the library yet, but from what I’ve heard so far, it’s a great site with a shed load of¬†useful content.¬†

What are some of your favourite free guided meditation sites? Any you would add to the list?

Let me know in the comments section below!

 

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64 Responses

  1. Great list! Tara Brach is amazing! I was recommended one of her books a while back “True Refuge” and really loved it! I only recently found out that she did meditation videos so that’s been great! Will have to check out some of the others on this list too ūüôā thanks for the reccomendations!

  2. hi Luke i got a new mediation app that is the 528hz healing frequency. Looped with mediation sounds. The 528hz frequency should really be called the Tinnitus frequency as they are identical. Instead of perceiving Tinnitus as a hearing problem it should be realised that the brain is using this frequency to protect and repair itself. This healing with sound theory was used by many ancient cultures including the Egyptians. My app is very simple. It is the 528hz with meditative music. You can set a timer and leave it on while you sleep. It’s great for sleep problems. I can’t paste the link for some reason. If you can send me an email I can send you the link. It in the playstore under my name and should have an Egyptian eye picture. The title is The 3rd Eye by 3rd eye blind. I don’t know how to send a free copy of the app or I would. Thanks

  3. Hi Luke,

    We’ve recently re-launched our site… meditainment.com… with two meditations free on registration including the highly popular Secret Garden. Please check it out and feel free to link us if you ever update this superb resources post of yours. Cheers ūüôā

    Will.

    1. This is a really old post but I love meditainment! I was actually here looking for meditations similar to meditainment because they only have 18 meditations up right now and meditations start to lose their effect on me if I listen to them more than once. Please make more meditainment team! Does anybody know of similar meditations which “take you” to far away places and have you visualize yourself somewhere relaxing? There must be others

      1. Hi Monika,

        I feel the same way when I repeat a meditation several times… now I know that it’s best if you are able to go to that calm place with no guidance but I’m not quite there yet. +1 on making more content to the Meditainment team ūüôā

        My way of dealing with this was to ask my BF to find me the most popular meditation YouTube channels – and he went a step further and put everything together for me. I thought it was a good idea so I opened it up and now I just keep adding new channels as I discover them hope you discover something you’ll like here: HD Meditation

  4. I think dharmaseed is missing in the list. It takes more budhist- teravada line but it is amazing with the quantity
    of tracks it has of many excellent teachers which include both teachings, and guided meditations recorded live.

  5. This is an excellent resource. In my experience, guided meditation is great for beginners who are looking to get into the habit of meditating. As you become more accustomed to daily meditation, I recommend meditating without an audio guide.

    Cheers!

  6. Nice list, thanks! I use Pauzzi for keeping breath rhythm stable. It has 1 minute training which I use in underground or in dentist’s waiting room ūüôā . For Android: play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=mmm.app.pauzzi

  7. Great article with lots of great info! I particularly liked the mention of Dharma Seed…none of the articles out there have it mentioned so kudos to that. Something that’s missing is some focus on mental health apps. Mental health issues are on the rise, in fact something around 18% of US adults have some form of mental health disease. I wrote an article mentioning some meditation and mental health apps: https://medium.com/@romansukharenko/best-20-mental-health-apps-for-2017-1fe02ebbcc61#.22apujc80. Maybe you can find some now sources on there if you would like. ūüôā

    1. Thanks Roman! Will definitely check your article out, I agree that these apps are important too and all how to contribute to a more mindful way of living ūüôā

  8. Thank you for making this list, it’s helped me discover some great new resources like Tara Brach!

    I’d like to submit a humble request for consideration on your next guided meditation resource list: highlymeditated.com has 20+ guided meditations videos with topics like: relaxing under pressure, visualization for anxiety, breath, sleep and stress mediations (just to name a few) there are frequent updates and I’d love to share them with your readers.

    with gratitude, Eric

  9. Thanks for this Luke – great to have a place to go in the mornings for me before the ‘devil’ (the world) knows I’m up!!

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